It’s already that time of the year again. As 2015 comes to an end, many people around the country are getting prepared to gather around with family and friends for the holiday season. The crowded stores and lines not to mention the flight delays that are almost inevitable can be very stressful for the occasional flier. Below you can find a few helpful tips to make your out of state travel go a little smoother.
Check the forecast
Although weather can change at any given time, it’s a good idea to check the weather in the city you plan on traveling to a few days in advance. Sometimes if bad weather is expected, airlines will allow you to change flights free of charge.
Download your airline’s app
Having the app can help you even before you leave your house. You can check for flight times, gate assignments and seat assignments. This will spare you a few minutes when you get to the airport. If your flight gets cancelled, contact the airlines customer service to assist you in rebooking. Try to remain flexible and always have a plan B.
Book the first flight of the day
By doing this you minimize your chances of experiencing delays. Early flights generally leave on time. Also try to avoid booking a layover that is less than two hours to reduce the chances of missing your connection.
Wear clothes that are easy to take off to expedite security checkpoints. You might even want to try to empty out your pockets and put valuables in a baggie before reaching security.
Weigh your bag
Most airlines charge a hefty fee for overweight bags. Consider weighing your bags before going to the airport. Never pack items such as valuables or medicines in your checked in bag.